What is Mybacin Zinc Lozenges??
Throat Lozenges containing zinc supplement ( zinc gluconate 2.3 mg per lozenge ).
Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, or available as dietary supplements. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.
Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune functions, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell divisions. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.
Zinc and Health
Severe zinc deficiency depresses immune function, and even mild to moderate degrees of zinc deficiency can impair macrophage and neutrophil functions, natural killer cell activity, and complement activity. The body requires zinc to develop and activate T-lymphocytes. Individuals with low zinc levels have shown reduced lymphocyte proliferation response to mitogens and other adverse alterations in immunity that can be corrected by zinc supplementation.
Zinc helps maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes. Nutritional zinc deficiency has been associated with decreased wound healing by damaging epidermal cells and altering polymorphonuclear cell function, natural killer cell function, and complement activity.
Acute diarrhea is associated with high rates of mortality among children in developing countries. Zinc deficiency causes alterations in immune response that probably contribute to increased susceptibility to infections, such as those that cause diarrhea, especially in children.
Studies show that poor, malnourished children in India, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia experience shorter courses of infectious diarrhea after taking zinc supplements. The children in these studies received 4–40 mg of zinc a day in the form of zinc acetate, zinc gluconate, or zinc sulfate.
Supplementary zinc lozenges benefit people with diarrhea as it is a vital micronutrient essential for protein synthesis, cell growth and differentiation, immune function, intestinal transport and absorption of water and electrolytes.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF now recommend short-term zinc supplementation to treat acute childhood diarrhea.
The common cold
Zinc is often taken as a natural over-the-counter remedy for fighting colds and symptoms of illnesses. When taken for at least five months, zinc may reduce your risk of becoming sick with the common cold, plus supplementing once you already feel sick can speed up the healing process.
Zinc could reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms by directly inhibiting rhinovirus binding and replication in the nasal mucosa and suppressing inflammation. Zinc, administered as a lozenge or zinc-containing syrup, temporarily “sticks” in the mouth and throat allowing zinc to make contact with the rhinovirus in those areas.
Also, along with the immune boosting benefits of zinc, it promotes quick recovery from the common cold.
Other benefits of zinc supplements
v Improves vision & cures night blindness
v Helps heal atopic dermatitis & hair loss
v Plays a key role in diabetes control & immune resistance
v Supports the p53 Gene, which protects against breast and prostate cancer
v Improves fertility
v Supports neurological function